Tears streamed down her face as she hiccuped the words into her daddy’s ear.  “My pumpkin! It took so much work to carve it. I want it to be perfect!”

I had just arrived at my friend’s home. When they had opened the door to greet me, their six-year-old discovered her once beautiful pumpkin was now a wilted, mildewed jack-o-lantern.

As her dad comforted her, our eyes met with a knowing look. His daughter was voicing [...]